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Scaling of solid state lasers for satellite power beaming applications
Author(s): Herbert W. Friedman; George F. Albrecht; Raymond J. Beach
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Paper Abstract

The power requirements for a satellite power beaming laser system depend upon the diameter of the beam director, the performance of the adaptive optics system, and the mission requirements. For an 8 meter beam director and overall Strehl ratio of 50%, a 30 kW laser at 850 nm can deliver an equivalent solar flux to a satellite at geostationary orbit. Advances in diode pumped solid state lasers (DPSSL) have brought these small, efficient, and reliable devices to high average power and they should be considered for satellite power beaming applications. Two solid state systems are described: a diode pumped Alexandrite and diode pumped Thulium doped YAG. Both can deliver high average power at 850 nm in a single aperture.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 May 1994
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 2121, Laser Power Beaming, (1 May 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.174197
Show Author Affiliations
Herbert W. Friedman, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
George F. Albrecht, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Raymond J. Beach, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2121:
Laser Power Beaming
Jack V. Walker; Edward E. Montgomery, Editor(s)

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